Bowdoin attracts the smartest, kindest people on earth, where they work together to ask questions and tackle big problems. Hearing that—you probably have someone in mind. We can help them afford it.
Bowdoin has a history of prioritizing access in admissions.
- We eliminated the $65 application fee for any first-generation student and for any applicant applying for financial aid.
- We practice need-blind admissions and meet the full demonstrated need of every student with grants, not loans.
- We were the first test-optional college in the country—starting more than 50 years ago, in 1969.
- We offer Explore Bowdoin, a college visit program for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors from diverse backgrounds or rural areas.
We value engagement with our counselor and CBO partners:
- Learn about CASCO Conference and the Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Tour.
- A letter from Whitney Soule, Dean of Admissions and Student Aid
Support at Bowdoin goes beyond our comprehensive aid packages and need-blind admission policy.
We strive for an equitable college experience for students who are the first in their families to go to college or who come from low-income backgrounds or traditionally underrepresented groups. This means full-need financial support, supplemented with concentrated efforts and resources geared toward achievement, belonging, mentorship, and transition.
Bowdoin’s THRIVE program is a college-wide initiative to ensure low-income students, first-generation students, and students traditionally underrepresented in college have access to additional support and feel more engaged in order to maximize the opportunities available to them on campus.
Geoffrey Canada Scholars Program
The Geoffrey Canada Scholars program is part of the College’s THRIVE initiative. Selected students participate in this cohort program starting with a Summer Institute prior to their first year of college and continue participating throughout their undergraduate years, during which time they receive timely support tailored to their needs.
Meaningful internship experience doesn’t always come with a paycheck.
Students can apply for funded internships, which provide a stipend to pursue interests in fields that can'’'t always afford to pay interns. They can also cover living expenses and travel costs to paid internships, making them accessible to more students and their families.
Letter from Dean of Admissions and Student Aid Whitney Soule
Our students provide many reasons for choosing Bowdoin and the answers, as personal as they are, tend to point to some of the long-standing values and personality of Bowdoin. We are built on the principle of the common good—to recognize the opportunity for learners to both consume and contribute at the same time. Our students are motivated, and curious, and they expect to collaborate, to share, and honor the differences they bring to the conversation.
Likewise, Bowdoin’s admission practices honor the same values we expect from our students—deliberate and thoughtful consideration, and respect for each individual applicant.
We invite you to call and talk with any of our admissions or student aid staff.
Senior Vice President
Dean of Admissions and Student Aid